Associate Conductor & Acting Principal Viola
An award-winning violist and chamber musician whose playing has been described as “absolutely splendid… dancing with emotion,” (The Day), Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith’s career spans genres and pushes boundaries. His recent work includes collaborations with Asian and Arabic musicians as part of the London, UK-based Notes Inégales improvisation ensemble, and he has appeared at several leading music festivals, including the BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Strings in the Mountains Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre New Music Bienale. In 2014, he was honoured to have joined the distinguished panel of judges for the Guangya Chengdu International Violin Competition in Chengdu, China.
Jamie’s conducting studies include work with such renowned conductors as Neil Varon, Cliff Colnott and Charles Olivieri-Monroe, and he has been a participant in numerous conducting programs around the world, including the Olomouc International Conducting Masterclass where he was a guest conductor of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. As the Associate Conductor of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, he has been privileged to lead the ensemble in performances with the Sultans of String and for Sudbury’s first-ever orchestral production of Les Misérables. In 2017, he will again take the podium to lead the orchestra in performances of Haydn, Mozart, and for a presentation of Benjamin Britten’s rarely-performed opera Noye’s Fludde, a work for which the composer intended his whole community to participate. Jamie is also the programming director for the SSO Chamber Music concerts, and is bringing music from the symphony to the community through his educational outreach performances in schools, public spaces, and venues which service some of Greater Sudbury’s marginalized residents. He is also the Music Director of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and the Sudbury Sound Collective Improvisation Ensemble, a group which invites musicians of all abilities and background to explore their creative potential through open-ended ensemble experiences.
Jamie holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Kent State University and Brunel University, and has won numerous first prize awards as a chamber musician, including the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the MTNA Chamber Music Competition and the Green Lake String Quartet Competition. He has also been honoured by Northern Ontario Business as a 40 Under 40 award winner for community leadership. He continues to enjoy his role as Head of Strings and Coordinator of the Independent Music Production program at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario.